2016 NFL Fantasy Football Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups


 
Week 6 Replacements for your Byes and Injuries
 
These teams DO NOT play week 6 (bye week):
Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 
Running Backs (RB)
 
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 28.1% of all ESPN leagues):
With Jonathan Stewart out, the Panthers rushed the ball to try and dominate time of possession.  There were only 2 Panther touchdowns in week 5, and Artis-Payne scored them both.  The Panthers' game plan might be the same during week 6, since they'll look to keep their suddenly susceptible defense off the field against a potentially explosive Saints offense.  With Jonathan Stewart hurt, and Cam Newton out of the picture as a touchdown vulture, all of the rushing opportunities belong to Artis-Payne.  The Panthers get the Saints this week, followed by a bye. 
 
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 23.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Keep an eye on Eddie Lacy's ankle injury and his status going into week 6.  If Lacy can't go, Starks will start against a decent Dallas defense. 
 
James White, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 37% of all ESPN leagues):
As predicted, White saw an uptick in usage as a ppr specialist with the return of Tom Brady.  White took 5 totes for 26 yards and caught 4 passes for 63.  If you need a replacement for Charles Sims, McKinnon, or Asiata this week, White could be a decent add, given how the Pats use their backs.
Bobby Rainey, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 4% of all ESPN leagues):
Purely a deep-league ppr add at this point, Rainey has caught 13 passes for 95 yards and rushed 9 times for 44 in the past 2 weeks.  The Giants' secondary has been softening, losing players to injuries (they lost Apple and Rogers-Cromartie to groin injuries), leaving them exposed to big plays downfield.  If the Giants get down early, they could throw the ball to Rainey for some quick production out of the backfield. 
 
Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 15.9% of all ESPN leagues):
**Asiata DOES NOT PLAY this week** With that said, the Vikings' fullback has found the endzone 2 weeks in a row.  We've seen this show before.  McKinnon gets them there, and Asiata gets them in.  Asiata's schedule is relatively soft for the rest of the year, so he should be a good add especially in ppr leagues.  It's a long season, so get him while he's cheap and on a bye-week.
 
Wide Receiver (WR)
 
Sammie Coates, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 37.8% of all ESPN leagues):
This may have been the breakout week Sammie Coates needed.  With Brown matched up against Revis, and Wheaton suffering a case of butterfingers, Coates caught 6 of his targets for 134 yards.  Over the past 2 weeks, Coates has 11 catches for 213 yards and a score, and looks like he's the Steelers' new WR2 even after Wheaton's return.  His success as a legitimate deep threat should continue against a mediore Miami defense.
 
Jeremy Kerley, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 7.7% of ESPN leagues):
After a lackluster 3 weeks to start the season, the former Jet caught 14 passes for 190 yards and 2 scores during weeks 4 and 5, catching 8 of those for 102 and a score during week 5 against a very tough Cardinals defense.  Simply put, this is just an instance where the player fits the system.   Kerley is a player some of the assistant coaches are familiar with, and it shows because he leads the team in catches and receptions and looks like he's building a rapport with Gabbert.  If you need an injury or bye-week replacement, Kerley deserves flex consideration.
 
Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 1.3% of all ESPN leagues): Meredith exploded for 9 catches for 130 yards and a score against the Colts.  With Jeffery, Royal, and Miller always listed as questionable and Kevin White on IR, Meredith could be one injury away from a repeat performance.  At 6'3", 207 lbs, the undrafted sophomore originally from Chicagoland gives the Bears another big target in the endzone.  He could see an uptick in usage in the coming weeks since he's still flying under the radar. 
 
Tight End (TE)
 
Baltimore Tight Ends - Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gilmore could both be good adds this week, as Steve Smith Sr. may both be questionable. 
 
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 13.8% of all ESPN leagues):
As expected, Clay got a lot more involved in the passing game with Watkins out.  He caught 5 passes for 73 yards, and it's only a matter of time before he finds the endzone.  The 49ers have been repeatedly gouged by opposing teams' rushing attacks.  The Bills may use play action to to set up the pass in the 2nd half.  The athletic Clay is a matchup nightmare.
 
Quarterback (QB)
 
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (currently owned in 23.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Smith isn't necessarily spectacular.  He doesn't throw the ball deep, nor does he end up on many highlight reels.  What he does do is take care of the ball.  After throwing for 363 yards, 2 scores and a pick after week 1, he's put up 3 duds.  He'll look to bounce back in the next 3 weeks against the soft secondaries  of the Raiders, Saints, and Colts.  While he can put it through the air, he can also pull it down and run, hurting you with his feet.
 
Brian Hoyer, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 15.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Hoyer is still available in the vast majority of all ESPN leagues, even though he's thrown for nearly 700 yards and 4 scores in the last 2 contests, without turning the ball over.  Buyer beware: that productivity could come to an end in the next 3 weeks.  The Bears have the Jaguars, Vikings, and a bye coming in the next 4 weeks.  However, Coach Fox has stated that the starting job will be Hoyers' to lose even when Jay Cutler gets healthy.  He has a soft 5 or 6 weeks to end the season so, if your starter gets knocked out, Hoyer can take your team into the playoffs and beyond. 

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